World's first Android family PC eyes retail

Newly-funded Kickstarter project designed to help parents monitor their children’s online activities
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MiiPC – the ‘world’s first family Android PC’ – could be hitting UK store shelves this year.

The computer proved popular on crowdfunding site Kickstarter, reaching its goal of $50,000 in just 22 hours and 43 minutes. Those that funded the project are set to receive the first batch of MiiPCs around mid-September.

Although there’s currently no official release date, chief product officer Richard Sah told PCR that the firm has been in discussions with several interested parties about UK distribution.

The aim of MiiPC is to offer parents the chance to let their children surf the web, play games, watch media and do their homework, safe in the knowledge that they are not being exposed inappropriate content.

“We never intended MiiPC to take the place of parents,” Sah told PCR. “What we hope is that MiiPC and the monitoring features that it provides will allow parents and their children to engage in a meaningful discussion about what is appropriate and useful.”

The device comes with an HDMI connection, runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and features a number of pre-bundled Android apps as well as access to a Web Apps Center. www.miipc.com

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